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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Taking a Break

Going to put aside my wood burning for a bit.  I think I may have burnt myself out on Christmas Gifts this year!  Not sorry...I was happy with everything I made.

I'm just in one of those creative slumps, where I'm not inspired to work on the things I've been working on.  I put my Critters away for a year before, and came back to them even better.  So, for now...

It's called Slow Stitching.

I use canvas, but you could use fabric, of course...if you're interested, you can Google it.  It's just hand stitching using scraps, different elements, different stitches in a free form style.  Very relaxing.  This was my first one.  

Other than the deep freeze of weather which we are finally, slowly warming out of, all is well in my world.  Greg is not as much of an asshole as he has been, but he's still an ass.  Brad has become a "teenager," and he's learning asshole tricks from Greg.  Brad's demeanor is diff, though.  Greg doesn't give a shit when he's in trouble, Brad is immediately sorry and goes into his "limp and purr" posture.  But...we all love each other, they're 'rasslin' right now. 

I am going into town tomorrow.  I haven't seen anyone since Christmas!  Run some errands and get back home before dark.  

Play Nice!  '
xxoo




Monday, January 8, 2024

Woo Hoo! Monday!

Just kidding...it doesn't matter what day of the week it is around here, except for making sure I take my daily thyroid pill.  

It started snowing here about noon.  We're expecting 3-5 inches, but not sure if that's real inches or "man" inches, so I guess like everything else, we'll just see what we get and make the best of it. 

So, since I moved my computer, I have actually been working on the social side of my little business.  Just a few posts on FB and Insta, and added a couple Critters to my shop.  I have a couple more to add, but I have all the time in the world, unless my cats decide they need my undivided attention.  They're napping now.  

I pulled my photo cube down yesterday and took a few pics, edited them in Google Photos.  I tend to keep things simple.  

 

 

That's it for today, I'm gonna go make another pot of coffee, sit back and watch the snow fall.  

Play Nice!  xxoo

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Happy New Year!


 I hope you all had a pleasant holiday season.  I know it's a stressful time for so many.  My circle is so small now that the holidays are an enjoyable time for me.  

I buckled down and got busy on some handmade gifts for my family.  Each member of my family got a piece or two of handmade goodness.  The g-kids all got a box with a burning on it, full of goodies, necklaces, toys, etc.  All got a round loomed stocking hat, as well. 

These were the kids, I didn't get a pic of the adults hat, but they were cool.  I didn't get a pic of the boxes and burnings, either, because I procrastinate too much.  
This was the first draft of my daughter's gift.
 

This is hanging on my wall.  

These were a custom order from a friend/repeat customer.

 I made for my sister on my peg loom, from jeans she had given to me.  
Some of David's jeans are in there, too.

This was the pre-burning of a plaque I did for my oldest niece and her honey.  The kids all got round loomed stocking hats.  There are 8 kids.  The girls got pretty colored ones, the boys were black and red, their school colors, but the pattern I used on each one of them was different.
Blended families are awesome, but they're a lot of work!

This was good in my belly.  

This little note showed up in a dresser drawer.  
I had tidied that drawer 2 days prior. 
My daughter doesn't remember it.  
I may have sleep walked into a diff dimension the other night.
 

A burning I did for my boys.  
This, of course, is pre-burning.

The cats were made to resemble my nephew's cats, which they did and the boys loved them.  
They're done in faux leather and felt.  
The dragon was made for my great-niece in her requested colors.

I finally found the fur I was looking for, the Cow Kitty is the first I made, I have two other furs for 2 more cats, one is a bobcat kinda looking, and an all black. I knew I had a stash of sherpa, and finally found it!  Fluffy White Kitty has felt inside the ears.  Both are available, send me a message!  

These were for my other niece and her husband and his brother.  If you knew them you would know how absolutely perfect this gift was.  I was so tickled that they liked them as much as I hoped they would.

My $1.25 tree, some accessories I already had.  

I've had these elf heads for years, and finally getting around to doing something with them.  This is the first try, with a body pattern I found on Pinterest.  I know I didn't attach the head to the body "correctly" but I think I have it figured out for next time.  
 
 
This was for my bonus g-son.  

This is my newest Critter.  It's made from faux leather and felt, with the pompom nose.  My first thought was to call it Stormy Cat, but one of my friend/customer mentioned that it looks like the Moon, so with the sparkles that you cant see in the photos, I believe it'll be called Moon Cat.  Available for purchase, and I usually can ship next day.

If you are still reading this, please leave me a comment! 

I just moved my computer to a place that's easier for me to use, so I'll be updating on a more regular basis...up to you if that's a good or bad thing.  *wink*

Play Nice!  xxoo

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Farmer's Market

 


I got up at 5:30 Saturday morning, and headed to my former hometown for their last Farmer's Market/Junk in the Trunk on the Square.  You can see that we pull into a parking spot, then work from the back of our vehicles, which I think is awesome, especially for setting up and tearing down.  

I was able to sell a few pieces, that made me happy.  Got a lot of compliments on my work, a lot of folks picked up my business card, so that makes me hopeful!  

Early morning markets are not the best place to sell handmade items.  My daughter and I did a lot of shows when she was living in the US, most of them were afternoon/evening and we had good luck.  Gosh, I think back to how green I was to pyrography at that time, but still was able to sell some pieces.  

The highlight of my day was when a little girl bee-lined to my little faux patent letter Fat Cat, with the textured highlight on his belly.  In the pic, it's the black one on the left corner.  I could tell by her eyes that she loved it.  She asked me how much it was, so I told her it was $5 (usually $15) and she was so disappointed.  I asked her how many dollars she had to spend and she showed me a $1 dollar bill.  

Of course I sold it to her for $1!  She loved it, and I wasn't going to let her leave without it.  I even asked her if she wanted to pick any of the others of if she really wanted that one.  She hugged it to her chest and said that was the one she wanted.  Made me really happy.  

I sold the Big Fat Halloween Cat, and the Big Dipper Cat, a couple of burnt pieces, and had a good time.  I was happy to be home after it was over, though.  I'm always happy to be back home.

My sister, Mary, and I went to the Thrift Store here in town on Friday, and I scored some more yarn for my stocking hats.  My stack of hats is growing!  Now that my fingers are used to making them again, I can whip one out in a couple of days.  

Life is good!  

Play Nice!  xxoo


Monday, September 4, 2023

This and That

 Happy Monday, it's the last day of the three day Labor Day weekend.  I've stayed home except for going to my sister's for my nephew's birthday dinner yesterday.  He is 30 years old now.  Jeez.  

I got my driver's license renewed last week.  I wonder if that will be the last time I renew it?  I hope not.

Greg and Brad are getting along as well as I hoped they would.  That makes me very happy, and I can tell that Greg is much happier than he was.  Brad is a most adorable and loving black kitten, and a great addition to our family unit.

Like I mentioned, I got my round loom out last week, and started making some stocking hats for Christmas presents.  My daughter sent me some very brightly colored yarns for my birthday, so I made this:

I can't tell you who it's for.  

I have another one on the loom, and have the next one planned in my head.  

Play Nice!  xxoo


Big Boy Brad


Handmade by Cosmo

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

I Did Another Thing

 

Big Boy Brad

Good Boy Greg was so bored.  He was tired of the games we play all the time.  Even new toys didn't excite him.  All he wanted was for me to stop whatever I was doing and do something with him, even if he didn't really want to do anything, he wanted my full attention.  

Good Boy Greg

Not that I blame him, I'm pretty cool, but dang, I have things I want to do, too.

And I know I said I didn't want another cat, I remember all those things I said...

I got Greg a little brother this weekend. My niece found him for me.  (That girl has the pet connections like crazy.)  after the first night of Greg showing this little 10 week old kitten who was boss, I think he likes him.  He'll be standoffish for a bit, I get it, kitty language and all that, but Brad is not afraid of him one bit.  

So far, Brad is a sweet boy, already knows his name, and loves his cat food,  I feed them together, with separate bowls, of course, and they do fine.  They share a water bowl, which gets refreshed at least 4 times a day, including ice cubes.  Yep, I like my water cold, they probably do, too.

I have a white pleather Big Fat Cat with gray and white details.  Stuffing it tonight.  

Here's some pics I took over the weekend of the Critters I have available right this minute.  If you see anyone you'd like to know more about, check my shop over on FB, and if it's not in there, send me a message!  






The pleather pig is way redder than this shows. 





That's about all of them, for now anyway.  

Play Nice!  xxoo

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Another new one!

Introducing another Big Kitty, I call this one Biggie Fall.

This is how they start out, after the vision in my head, of course.


 And here it is, all finished and ready to go to a new home! 





I am really enjoying making the Bigs, I have a pleather Halloween Big ready to stuff today.  I also have a faux suede Big White cut out, waiting it's turn to be stitched.  .

My green pleather Dinosaur found a new home last night.  One of my boys fell in love with it.   

In my Critter Career, which began in 2011, I am sure I have given away more than I have sold.  Same goes for my Burning Career, which began in 2017.  Don't get me wrong, I've made quite a few sales, and probably should have kept better track of them...  I do need to do a big inventory of my wares one of these days.  Maybe even share it here with you.  

All my Critters are made with Magic, Luck and Love. While some may have safety eyes (this one does), they are not sold as toys. They are hand stitched and firmly hand stuffed. If they are to be played with, it should be gently, and with adult supervision. These Critters are designed to be a touch of fun and whimsy in your world. They don't take up much space and they are very good listeners.
Most of my Critters can be made in any color(s), combinations you may choose. Most can be made in either faux leather or suede, and/or felt.
I do love working on a custom order, so don't be shy about messaging me!
Christmas is coming! Order yours soon!

Play Nice! xxoo

Greg is still not used to me being at the computer, While I do take breaks to play with him, he's very insistent on getting in the corner behind the hard drive, where all the cords are. I've had to block one entrance, which leads him to attack from behind past me. I've had to be very stern, and sterner by the day. And by stern I mean scruffing him, while saying no in a stern voice.

Greg in March 2023